GA – A North Carolina man wanted for Rape and Assault by the Wilmington,
North Carolina Police Department was arrested in Savannah, Georgia by the United
States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on August 2,
Josue Javier Fernandez-Barrios, 21, was wanted by the Wilmington Police
Department on charges of rape and assault that happened over the weekend of July
27/28, 2013 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals in Wilmington, NC to locate and
arrest Fernandez-Barrios. The North Carolina Marshals developed information that
Fernandez-Barrios might have taken a Greyhound bus from Wilmington, NC to
Savannah, GA possibly arriving late on August 1st, 2013 and that he could
possibly be in the area of the Thunderbird Motel and the Savannah Bus Station.
This information was passed to the Savannah Task Force early this morning and
task force members went the area of the bus station in Savannah, GA. One of the
Savannah Task Force members observed a subject matching Fernanadez-Barrios’
description sitting on a wall on the Oglethorpe Avenue side of the bus station.
Additional Task Force members arrived and the subject was immediately arrested.
Fernandez-Barrios admitted his identity. Further information from North Carolina
indicated that Fernandez-Barrios might have been en route to Miami, Florida.
Fernandez-Barrios had a bus ticket in his pocket, but it is not known if it was
to go to Miami. Fernandez-Barrios was arrested without incident and taken to the
Chatham County Jail to await extradition proceedings back to North Carolina.
Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the
apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are
arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined. In
2012 U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 86,000 state and local
fugitives, which cleared over 113,000 warrants.
The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta,
Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The
Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team
comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the
Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police
Department, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the McIntosh County
Sheriff’s Department, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Bulloch
County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, the
Hampton County Sheriff’s Department, and the United States Marshals Service. The
task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent
crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies.
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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